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Axed players called back to 7s team

17 October 2014, 08:19

Nairobi - Kenya's head coach Paul Treu announced on Thursday some of the axed 18 players would be re- admitted to the sevens team that will feature in the next two legs of the IRB World Series legs in Dubai and South Africa.

However, the sport is not out of the woods yet as details about corruption in the higher echelons of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) over the handling of the team surfaced compelling the Patrons Society, the body that acts as a de facto regulator for the governing body swung into action.

Kenya are lying third from bottom after the opening leg of the 2014-15 World Series in Gold Coast, failing to make the Main Cup quarters in Pool B.

"Those willing to sacrifice for the national team are invited when we resume training next week. We had a fruitful meeting discussing issues on why the players went on strike and chart the way forward.

"We agreed there is a procedure for any player wishing to come back and we will inform them who will be given the opportunity because as far as we are concerned the strike is over," the former South Africa tactician said after holding discussions with the players alongside the Director of National Squads Dennis Ombui.

Kenya is pooled alongside England, USA and Australia in Pool C of the Dubai 7s in December and the head coach admits it will be a 'group of death'.

The sport is not ready to have a sigh of relief with claims of corruption in the top levels of KRU necessitating the calling of a Special General Meeting of the Directors on Monday that could see some top ranking officials compelled to resign.

Also read: Treu admits missing experienced players

According to reports on local website sportsnewsarena, four union directors are on the spot for using the sevens team to line their pockets as well as misconduct that has seen sponsors threaten to flee the sport that is only emerging from years of underfunding.

The allegations forced the Patron Society, an invitee only group whose membership is drawn from former icons of the Kenyan game and renowned supporters of the sport to compel KRU boss, Mwangi Muthee to convene the meeting.

 - Xinhua

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